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New in September 2021: The best shows and movies on Hulu, Disney+, and Amazon Prime

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September marks a transition in the content calendar, with summer blockbusters nearing an end and various TV shows returning for new seasons. Three of the top streaming services, Disney+, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, continue to add content to their extensive catalogs, including new films, series, and documentary originals.

There is something for everyone as fall approaches. Here are the top picks to check out next month on Disney+, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, along with every title dropping in September.

BEST SEPTEMBER 2021 DISNEY+ RELEASES

“Dug Days” Season 1, September 1

There is a long list of memorable Pixar sidekicks and companions, but one that stands out is faithful and loveable Dug the dog from the movie “Up.” Set after the events of that film, this series of shorts follows Dug and his master Carl living a mostly peaceful existence in Louisiana. However, silly adventures await the curious pup. We imagine some have to involve a squirrel at least.

“Marvel Studios Legends: The Ten Rings,” September 1

While the forthcoming Marvel film, “Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings,” will not be available on Disney+ simultaneously with its theatrical release, the service offers a bit of a tease in the form of a Ten Rings primer. A new Marvel hero brings with him a new world to explore as well as new mythology, so those fans eager to go into the film prepared may enjoy this short explanation of the fabled Ten Rings and what to expect from the film.

“Behind The Scenes of Growing Up Animal,” September 2

The six-part documentary series “Growing Up Animal” followed the birth of various creatures in the wild and their subsequent introductions to the vast world around them. In support of that, and to give audiences an even more intimate look at how the series unfolded, Disney+ is debuting a special behind-the-scenes episode. As in most wildlife documentaries, what was captured on camera is usually just as wild as to how it was captured.

“Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles,” September 3

In support of her recently released, highly-acclaimed sophomore album, Billie Eilish takes to the stage in this concert documentary on Disney+. This powerful show features the singer’s brother and collaborator Finneas, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a powerful, emotional show that looks to be simultaneously majestic and intimate. It’s the next best thing to being there.

“Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.,” September 8

A reboot of the popular series from over 30 years ago starring Neil Patrick Harris as child doctor prodigy, this Disney+ series changes up the script while appealing to a wide family audience. Peyton Elizabeth Lee plays 16-year-old prodigy Lahela “Doogie” Kameāloha, who will juggle the stresses of a serious profession with the stresses of being a teenager. Set in Hawaii and featuring a diverse cast and crew, the series balances light-hearted drama with adolescent antics.

“Star Wars: Visions,” September 22

This new offering looks and feels decidedly different from many Star Wars films, shows, and specials. This series of shorts, all of which will be available on the same day, are created by various Japanese studios in anime style, honoring and celebrating the influence of the iconic genre through pop culture. All episodes will drop simultaneously, and they don’t require too much Star Wars knowledge; these stories are non-canonical, so the more passionate fans need not worry.

BEST SEPTEMBER 2021 HULU RELEASES

“What We Do in the Shadows: Season 3 Premiere,” September 3

The cult comedy “What We Do in the Shadows,” based on the cult comedy film of the same name, returns for a much-anticipated third season. A cliffhanger ended the second season, and the team looks to regroup after the fallout of a stunning revelation. While we expect plenty of awkward humor and maybe a couple of sad vampires, there are hints at some intensity and darkness brewing as the season unfolds.

“Wu-Tang: An American Saga: Season 2 Premiere,” September 8

The first season of this dramatized origin story of the famed hip-hop group exceeded exceptions; there were still many stories to tell when it ended. Enter season 2, where crime, poverty, and personalities now clash with the prospect of becoming rich and famous through a new record deal. Three episodes will be released simultaneously, and then each new episode will come out on what folks are calling Wu-Wednesday.

“Y: The Last Man: Three-Episode Series Premiere,” September 13

Based on the comic books series of the same name, fans have been eagerly awaiting the screen adaptation of this post-apocalyptic story that finds a lone man – and his pet monkey – as those only mammals with a Y chromosome left on Earth. Early trailers suggest a blend of violent action and light-hearted comedy, so it’ll be curious which direction the show moves towards more. The first three episodes will premiere together, with the rest following weekly.

“The Premise: Series Premiere,” September 16

Plenty of big names star in this curious anthology series created by B.J. Novak, who notably starred in and wrote on “The Office.” Each half-hour episode tackles an issue of the day, including gun violence, social media obsession, teenage sex, and social justice. While these topics are serious, Novak’s series uses comedy to broach the story, with a list of talented actors helping out, including Ben Platt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Daniel Dae Kim, Kaitlyn Dever, Jon Bernthal, and Ed Asner.

“Riders of Justice,” September 16

This wildly entertaining action-comedy came out earlier this year, and while it may sound like the plot is familiar, the execution offers something unforgettable. Mads Mikkelsen plays a father and husband who loses his wife in an accident that he begins to believe was foul play. What unfolds is a darkly humorous, carefully told story packed with thrills and pathos.

“Bob’s Burgers” and “The Great North” Series Premieres, September 27

The end of the month marks a return of a slew of long-running TV series, including a bunch of popular animated fare. We highlight “Bob’s Burgers” and “The Great North,” the latter of which starts its second season — and was already renewed for a third. ‘The Great North’ was created by Lizzie Molyneux and Wendy Molyneux and provides the familiar family antics of “Bob’s Burgers” with plenty of heart and humor.

BEST SEPTEMBER 2021 AMAZON PRIME RELEASES

“The Descent,” September 1

Few new movies are coming out this month, so we want to highlight an old favorite horror film that’s worth revisiting. “The Descent” combines psychological fear (in this case claustrophobia) with physical menace (violent, predatory, cave-dwelling creatures) for a tense, terrifying, and Gorey trip. The film follows six friends taking an adventurous vacation exploring caves – but some poor decisions and bad luck have them fighting for their lives. There are two endings: the original dark U.K. one and a sanitized U.S. one; we’re hoping for the former.

“Cinderella — Amazon Original Movie,” September 3

This reimagining of the beloved fairy tale classic puts music and agency center stage. Camilla Cabello stars as Ella, a struggling businesswoman offered no support by her evil stepmother, Idina Menzel. With the appearance of her fairy godmother (Billy Porter), Ella has a chance to see her dreams come true – with plenty of opportunity for song and dance. We’re expecting a light and silly tone from this colorful offering.

“The Voyeurs — Amazon Original Movie,” September 10

A sexy young adult takes on a classic premise, “The Voyeurs” finds a city-dwelling couple increasingly interested in the erotic escapades of their attractive neighbors across the way. When cheating is witnessed, the onlookers become involved in their neighbors’ lives, leading to much drama, tension, and thrills. 

“LuLaRich — Amazon Original Series: Limited Series,” September 10

This four-part docuseries examines the growth and con of the clothing company LuLaRoe that used a pyramid scheme to scam mostly women into buying and selling leggings. Made by documentarians Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, who last made ‘Fyre Fraud,’ this series is both deeply frustrating and outrageously laughable, with a revisionist history offered by some employees LuLaRoe co-founders who decided to sit for an interview.

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie — Amazon Original Movie,” September 17

A film adaptation of a popular musical about an aspiring teen drag queen seeking acceptance while battling hate, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” boasts charm, joy, and lots of exciting costumes. Though there is resistance to the titular teen’s dreams, this film focuses on determination, acceptance, and love, making it a very welcome feel-good story. The musical numbers are sure to dazzle as well.

“The Mad Women’s Ball — Amazon Original Movie,” September 17

This 19th-century Parisian period tells the story of unfairly institutionalized women and the rich, powerful men who exploited them. Mélanie Laurent directs, writes, and stars in this tale of “difficult” women paraded around and subjected to abuse and embarrassment. Set against historical events of the time, this film promises thrills and tension as one woman seeks to break free of her confinement.

MORE SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH ON DISNEY+ IN SEPTEMBER 2021

September 1

  • “Alaska Animal Rescue (S2)
  • “Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog” (S1) Ep. Tall End Of Trauma
  • “Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog” (S1) Ep. Hijacked Pack
  • “Disney Junior The Chicken Squad” (S1)
  • “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life” – Episode 106
  • “Monsters at Work” – Episode 110
  • “Turner & Hooch” – Episode 107
  • “What If…?” – Episode 104

September 3

  • “Dark Phoenix”
  • “Smoky Mountain Park Rangers”
  • “Tomorrowland”

September 8

  • “Disney Junior Mira, Royal Detective” (S2)
  • “Disney’s Pepper Ann” (S1 – S3)
  • “The Incredible Dr. Pol” (S19), five episodes
  • “The Wizard of Paws” (S1)
  • “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life” – Episode 107
  • “Turner & Hooch” – Episode 108
  • “What If…?” – Episode 105

September 10

  • “Disney Far Away From Raven’s Home”
  • “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
  • “Twenty-Something (Short)” – Premiere

September 15

  • “Disney Junior Ready For Preschool” (S2)
  • “Life Below Zero: Next Generation” (S16)
  • “Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir” (S4)
  • “Unknown Waters with Jeremy Wade” (S1)
  • “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life” – Episode 108
  • “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” – Episode 102
  • “Turner & Hooch” – Episode 109
  • “What If…?” – Episode 106

September 17

  • “Confessions of a Shopaholic”
  • “Disney Descendants: The Royal Wedding”
  • “Disney’s Broadway Hits At London’s Royal Albert Hall”
  • “Flooded Tombs Of The Nile”
  • “Jade Eyed Leopard”
  • “Nona (Short) – Premiere”

September 22

  • “Dog: Impossible (S2)
  • “Spidey And His Amazing Friends” (S1)
  • “Star Wars: Visions (Filmmaker Focus)” – Bonus Featurettes, All Episodes Streaming
  • “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life” – Episode 109
  • “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” – Episode 103
  • “Turner & Hooch” – Episode 110
  • “What If…? – Episode 107

September 24

  • “Spooky Buddies”
  • “The Fault in Our Stars”
  • “A Spark Story – Premiere”

September 29

  • “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off” (S1)
  • “Disney Junior Muppet Babies” (S3)
  • “Disney Junior Ready For Preschool” (S1)
  • “Disney Junior Vampirina” (S3)
  • “Great Barrier Reef” (S1)
  • “The Hatcher Family Dairy” (S1)
  • “Rolie Polie Olie” (S1 – S5)
  • “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life” – Episode 110
  • “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” – Episode 104
  • “Turner & Hooch” – Episode 111
  • “What If…?” – Episode 108

MORE SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH ON HULU IN SEPTEMBER 2021

September 1

  • “50/50”
  • “A Fish Called Wanda”
  • “Anaconda”
  • “Angel Unchained”
  • “The Apparition”
  • “At the Earth’s Core”
  • “Blue City”
  • “Bull Durham”
  • “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”
  • “Cannon for Cordoba”
  • “Cellar Dweller”
  • “Cold Creek Manor”
  • “Count Yorga, Vampire”
  • “Crazy Heart”
  • “The Dunwich Horror”
  • “Edward Scissorhands”
  • “El Dorado”
  • “Election”
  • “Exterminator 2”
  • “Free Willy”
  • “Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home”
  • “Free Willy 3: The Rescue”
  • “Free Willy: Escape From Pirate’s Cove”
  • “Friday the 13th – Part III”
  • “Friday the 13th – Part IV: The Final Chapter.”
  • “Fright Night”
  • Gattaca”
  • “Girls! Girls! Girls!”
  • “The Glass House”
  • “Grosse Pointe Blank”
  • “Hitman: Agent 47”
  • “Hoosiers”
  • “I Spit On Your Grave”
  • “I Spit On Your Grave 2”
  • “I Spit On Your Grave 3”
  • “Internal Affairs”
  • “The Interview”
  • “Jacob’s Ladder”
  • “Just Between Friends”
  • “The Killer Elite”
  • “Kiss the Girls”
  • “The Last Castle”
  • “Magic Mike”
  • “The Manchurian Candidate”
  • “The Mexican”
  • “McLintock! (Producer’s Cut)”
  • “Miss You Already”
  • “Mommy”
  • “Mosquito Squadron”
  • “Mr. North”
  • “Much Ado About Nothing”
  • “New Year’s Eve”
  • “Nixon”
  • “Office Space”
  • “The Omen”
  • “The Patsy”
  • “Phase IV”
  • “The Possession”
  • “Priest”
  • “Raising Arizona”
  • “The Ring”
  • “Road to Perdition”
  • “Salvador”
  • “Secret Admirer”
  • “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
  • “Slumdog Millionaire”
  • “Solace”
  • “Stephen King’s It”
  • “Sucker Punch”
  • “Tears of the Sun”
  • “The Tenant”
  • “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride”
  • “Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys”
  • “Under Fire”
  • “Vantage Point”
  • “Volcano”
  • “The Wedding Plan”
  • “The Wrestler”
  • “The X-Files”

September 2

  • “Trolls: TrollsTopia: Complete Season 4”
  • “Death in Texas”
  • “The Unthinkable”

September 3

  • The D’Amelio Show: Complete Season 1″
  • “Bolden”
  • “Undine”

September 4

  • “Flower”

September 8

  • “La La Land”

September 10

  • “The Killing of Two Lovers”
  • “Transporter 3”

September 11

  • “High Ground”

September 13

  • “Colette”

September 15

  • “Dark Side of the Ring: Season 3A.”
  • “Joseph: King Of Dreams”
  • “Love, Simon”
  • “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”

September 16

  • “Stalker”
  • “On Chesil Beach”

September 18

  • “Dark Side of Football: Complete Season 1”

September 20

  • “Grown Ups”

September 21

  • “9-1-1: Season 5 Premiere.”
  • “The Big Leap: Series Premiere”
  • “Dancing with the Stars: Season 20 Premiere”
  • “Ordinary Joe: Series Premiere”
  • “The Voice: Season 21 Premiere”

September 22

  • “New Amsterdam: Season 4 Premiere”
  • “Our Kind of People: Series Premiere”
  • “The Resident: Season 5 Premiere”

September 23

  • “A Million Little Things: Season 4 Premiere”
  • “Alter Ego: Series Premiere”
  • “Chicago Fire: Season 10 Premiere”
  • “Chicago Med: Season 7 Premiere”
  • “Chicago P.D.: Season 9 Premiere”
  • “The Conners: Season 4 Premiere”
  • “The Goldbergs: Season 9 Premiere”
  • “Home Economics: Season 2 Premiere”
  • “The Masked Singer: Season 6 Premiere”
  • “The Wonder Years: Series Premiere”
  • “The Eric Andre Show: Complete Season 5”
  • “Funhouse”

September 24

  • “Law & Order: Organized Crime: Season 2 Premiere”
  • “Law & Order: SVU: Season 23 Premiere”
  • “An American Haunting”

September 25

  • “Gemini”

September 27

  • “Bob’s Burgers: Season 12 Premiere”
  • “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Season 2 Premiere”
  • “Family Guy: Season 20 Premiere”
  • “The Great North: Season 2 Premiere”
  • “The Rookie: Season 4 Premiere”
  • “The Simpsons: Season 33 Premiere”
  • “Supermarket Sweep: Season 2 Premiere”

September 28

  • “The Good Doctor: Season 4 Premiere”
  • “Felix and the Hidden Treasure”
  • “Home Run”

September 29

  • “La Brea: Series Premiere”
  • “Minor Premise”

September 30

  • “New Order”

MORE SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME IN SEPTEMBER 2021

September 1

  • “(500) Days of Summer.”
  • “21 Grams”
  • “American Me”
  • “Apollo 13”
  • “Arachnophobia”
  • “Armageddon”
  • “As Good as It Gets”
  • “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son”
  • “Can Hardly Wait”
  • “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”
  • “Closer”
  • “Daddy Day Care”
  • “Daredevil’
  • “Daredevil (Director’s Cut)”
  • “Death at a Funeral”
  • “Do the Right Thing”
  • “Grown Ups”
  • “Heist”
  • I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer.”
  • “I Am Bolt”
  • I Am Duran”
  • “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
  • “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer”
  • “Jennifer’s Body”
  • “Nacho Libre”
  • “Open Range”
  • “Planet of the Apes”
  • “Predators”
  • “Romeo + Juliet”
  • “Rudy”
  • “Sicko”
  • “Sleepless in Seattle”
  • “Soul Food”
  • “Stuart Little”
  • “Stuart Little 2”
  • “The Alamo”
  • “The A-Team”
  • “The A-Team (Extended Cut)”
  • “The Best Man”
  • “The Boy”
  • “The Host”
  • “The Karate Kid”
  • “The Kids Are Alright”
  • “The Last of the Mohicans”
  • “The Omen”
  • “The Social Network”
  • “The Unborn”
  • “The Unborn (Unrated)”
  • “Traffic”
  • “Year One”
  • “Young Frankenstein”
  • “A Feeling Home”
  • “Ancient Civilizations of North America: Season 1”
  • “August Creek”
  • “Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy: Season 1”
  • “Creepshow: Season 1”
  • “Forensic Factor: Season 1”
  • “Land Girls: Season 1”
  • “Latino Americans: Season 1”
  • “Mail Call: Season 1”
  • “Native Peoples of North America: Season 1”
  • “Republic of Doyle: Season 1”
  • “The Bastards of Pizzofalcone: Season 1”
  • “The Blood Pact: Season 1”
  • “The Flintstones: Season 1”
  • “The Killing: Season 1”
  • “We’ll Meet Again: Season 1.”

September 12

  • “Desperado”

September 17

  • “American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally”
  • “Do, Re & Mi — Amazon Original Series: Season 1”

September 24

  • “Goliath — Amazon Original Series: Season 4”

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